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The International Primary Care Respiratory Group, the Primary Care Respiratory Group Sri Lanka and our eminent International Advisory Committee are delighted to invite you to our 1st South Asian Scientific Conference.

The global burden of chronic and infectious respiratory disease and tobacco dependence continues to grow on individuals, families, society, regional and national governments. Worldwide, about 210 million people have COPD, and asthma affects an estimated 300 million individuals.  COPD is now the third leading cause of death worldwide.   COPD and asthma are also major causes of morbidity due to the disabling symptoms of breathlessness, cough and fatigue that people experience. Chronic respiratory diseases can also cause acute distressing problems, requiring urgent accessible care.

What is often overlooked is that over 90% of COPD deaths and over 80% of asthma deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It is the main reason for hosting this scientific meeting in South Asia.

Why should you attend?

  • There are many highly effective interventions for Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) that are underused and some ineffective or harmful interventions that should be stopped
  • Many of these effective interventions can be provided in low resource settings
  • The only way many people at risk of CRD will be able to get the essential care they need is through primary and community-based care
  • Therefore, it is important that clinicians working in primary and community care have:
    • Up-to-date knowledge about what works
    • The opportunity to receive practical guidance on how it can be provided in affordable, safe and effective ways
    • Learnt how to keep improving as our knowledge of what works changes

Our conference brings together the most relevant topics and experienced primary care teachers in a 3-day programme that will provide you with the skills and knowledge to provide better care for patients with respiratory symptoms.

Professor Savithri Wimalasekera

Chair, International Advisory Committee

Dr Seneth Samaranayake

Primary Care Respiratory Group Sri Lanka

Assoc Prof Jaime Correia de Sousa

President IPCRG

International Advisory Committee


Prof. S. W. Wimalasekera

Sri Lanka

Prof. Chunhua Chi


Dr. Monsur Habib


Dr. Pham Le An


Dr. Tan Tze Lee


Dr. Taj Muhammad


Dr. Sundeep Salvi


Prof. Khoo Ee Ming


Prof. Lan





Improving diagnosis and care for people at risk of, or with, respiratory conditions in community settings with limited resources.


The Primary Care Respiratory Group is an active organization registered as a scientific non-profit organization under the IPCRG. The PCRG is the sole representative of the IPCRG in Sri Lanka. The PCRG has actively contributed to the promotion of respiratory health amongst the people by linking the primary care physicians in the country. The PCRG celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. We are proud to host the 1st South Asian Scientific IPCRG conference in Colombo.

IPCRG is a clinically-led NGO that works locally and collaborates globally to improve respiratory health in primary care.  Our members are national primary care respiratory organisations in 30 low, middle and high income countries. Through educational and research projects and our global network we generate and supply evidence that can make a difference to care.